Amos Poe and Ivan Kral direct their first film together, Night Lunch, a music documentary that was the precursor to their more famous follow-up punk rock documentary, The Blank Generation. With David Bowie, Wayne County, New York Dolls, Television, Patti Smith, Ramones and many others.
Poe is one of the leading figures of the No Wave Cinema movement (75-85) that grew out of the bustling East Village music and art scene. The No Wave paralleled the punk music explosion and included Jim Jarmusch, Abel Ferrara, Eric Mitchell, James Nares, Beth and Scott B, Vivienne Dick, Sara Driver, John Lurie, Richard Kern, Nick Zedd, Bette Gordon, Melvie Arslanian, Charlie Ahearn, among others – they embraced B-movie genres, the avant-garde, & the French New Wave to create a fresh, vibrant American art cinema.
Poe is considered by many (see John Pierson’s book, “Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes”, Legs McNeil’s “Please Kill Me”, or C. Patterson’s “Captured”) to be the “father” of the modern Indy American cinema. In ’75 Poe and Ivan Kral (Patti Smith Group, Iggy Pop) produced, edited and shot the now classic and definitive punk film, THE BLANK GENERATION. This film chronicles the seminal performances of Richard Hell, Patti Smith, Blondie, Ramones, Talking Heads, Television… read more
Over the years, guitarist/songwriter Ivan Král has played alongside some of rock’s most influential artists, including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and John Cale, among others. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Král originally intended to be a filmmaker, before discovering rock & roll thanks to the Rolling Stones. The mid- to late ‘60s saw Král form a Czech band, Saze, but before the group could take off, Král was exiled from Czechoslovakia, due to comments his father made about the 1968 Russian Invasion of Czechoslovakia. Turns out this couldn’t have happened at a worse time for Král, because just as he began settling down in his new hometown, New York City, word came in that a song Král had previously written and recorded with Saze had just gone Top Ten back home. Král pressed on however, looking for bands to play with, and even landing a job for a while at the Beatles’ fan club. The early ‘70s saw Král get involved with an obscure group, Luger, who are best known for being part of the… read more